Week 3: Group

Proposal Topic and Discussion (same from last post): GeoStories is a Los Angeles-based consortium of Urban Studies and Culturomic experts working with clients to create interactive, experiential mapping solutions using web-GIS technologies. In particular, GeoStories specializes in combining narrative and cartographic practices to create engaging, consumer-facing digital map interfaces.

For their newest client, UrbanStudies206B, GeoStories looks to create a “StoryEngine” that would allow users to create their own multimedia, narrative-driven maps. The StoryEngine site—whose motto is, “Tell Your Story, One Place At a Time”—would in essence be an interface that prompts a user to input information and media that would then be used to almost immediately generate a personalized, digital map narrative.


1) This will be our awesome website frame:

2) Imagine above cool frame in the following wiresketches:

Functionalities: The interface would utilize a function asking the user to input a minimum of 5 locations, each with written descriptions (stories), and with the option of attaching media such as images/video. Once finished, and the user hits the “Mapify” button, a digital map incorporating the user’s designated locations, descriptions, and media would automatically be generated in nifty info windows. The map could then be easily edited, shared or downloaded.


Google Earth (https://developers.google.com/earth/)

Google Maps (https://developers.google.com/maps/)

Historical Maps API? Youtube? Picasa?

Milestones – By Week 6: Full wireframe sketches of website. Want to have identified all API’s (specifically, historical map API’s). Figure out how to use the old vintage book image as a frame for website. By Finals: Fully functional website with a sample stories.

Concerns: 1) getting historical map API’s 2) learning enough web GIS to create this website 3) creating a working interface where users can input information we can convert (i.e. address —> lat/long coordinates) 4) storage space for user pictures/videos or would requiring picasa/youtube accounts take care of this?

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